Social Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education: Insights from a Developing Country

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 20, No.1, pp.17-34 (2013)

18 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2013 Last revised: 20 Aug 2015

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Aidin Salamzadeh

University of Tehran - Faculty of Entrepreneurship

Mohammad Ali Azimi

University of Tehran - Faculty of Entrepreneurship

David A. Kirby

University of Surrey - School of Management

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to investigate awareness, intentions/support, and the contextual elements among higher education students in the University of Tehran (UT) in order to find the gap(s) in social entrepreneurship education in Iran. The authors used Ajzen's theory of planned behaviour as the theoretical framework. The research questions are based on a revised version of Kirby and Ibrahim's (2011) questionnaire. A survey was conducted in three faculties of UT. These faculties were selected intentionally, to evaluate the social entrepreneurship gaps for post-graduates of entrepreneurship, management, and engineering, and to capture varied orientations. Findings show a significant rate of intention towards and awareness of the concept among respondents, but a lack of sufficient attention to contextual elements and adequate support. Investigating social entrepreneurship intention and education is lacking in Iran's higher education and this study is one of the first in the country.

Keywords: theory of planned behaviour, TPB, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, higher education, developing countries, Iran, postgraduates, entrepreneurial orientation

Suggested Citation

Salamzadeh, Aidin and Azimi, Mohammad Ali and Kirby, David A., Social Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education: Insights from a Developing Country (2013). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 20, No.1, pp.17-34 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2307454

Aidin Salamzadeh (Contact Author)

University of Tehran - Faculty of Entrepreneurship ( email )

Tehran
Iran

Mohammad Ali Azimi

University of Tehran - Faculty of Entrepreneurship ( email )

Farshi Moghadam (16 St.), North Kargar Ave., Tehr
Tehran, Tehran
Iran

David A. Kirby

University of Surrey - School of Management ( email )

Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

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